Radiation Protection Specialist

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Job title: Radiation Protection Specialist

Company: University of Mississippi

Job description: Note for Current UM Employees

Current employees must apply internally via connectU

Definition of Class

This position coordinates and oversees the management of a comprehensive radiological safety program and assists in the management of other safety concerns for the University.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Provides technical assistance to faculty, staff, and administration on radiological safety and health physics.
  • Reviews and approves all proposals, protocols, and applications involving the use of radioactive materials and/or radiation generating devices, notifies the Health and Safety Officer of current activities and/or problems involving radioactive materials and/or radiation generating devices.
  • Performs radiological surveys at regular intervals in all facilities using radioactive materials and/or radiation generating devices. Inspects, classifies, and approves all locations where radioactive materials are to be used, de-classifies locations and equipment where radioactive materials were formerly used.
  • Investigates and reports on hazards concerning biological, chemical, radiological, and occupational health.
  • Maintains inventory of radioactive materials possessed by the University; maintains waste disposal records and other required records and documentation; procures, receives, and distributes all radioactive materials arriving at or departing from the University; and performs inspections and/or leak tests on all radioactive materials upon receipt.
  • Inventories, maintains and calibrates measurement devices, radioactive generating devices and other equipment used with radioactive materials.
  • Distributes monitoring equipment to determine exposure levels, maintains dosimetry records for all users, and distributes exposure summaries to each user on a yearly basis and upon request.
  • Maintains licenses and registrations with the Mississippi State Department of Health, including evaluating the adequacy and preparation of new license applications.
  • Trains and tests prospective users of radioactive material and/or radiation generating devices.
  • Reviews qualifications and grants authorization to personnel requesting to use radioactive materials and/or radiation generating devices, and notifies the Radiation Safety Committee of changes in status regarding authorized personnel, lab classifications, and all other activities involving Radioactive Materials and /or Radiation Generating Devices.
  • Responds to accidents or spills concerning biological, chemical, or radiological materials as needed in emergency situations.
  • Assists in other areas of the Department of Health and Safety as needed or requested.
  • Reviews all activities involving the use, storage or transport of radioactive materials and/or Radiation Generating Devices with regard to compliance with appropriate federal, state and University regulations.
  • Provides “on-call” services as needed 24 hours/day.
  • Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department. * Performs radiological surveys.

  • Investigates and reports on hazards concerning biological, chemical, radiological and occupational health.
  • Provides technical assistance on radiological safety and health physics.
  • Maintains inventory of radioactive materials, measurements, devises, and other related equipment.
  • Coordinates and oversees the shipping of hazardous materials on common carriers.
  • Coordinates emergency response concerning radiological, biological or chemical accidents.
  • Reviews and approves all use of radiological materials and/or radiological generating devices.
  • Distributes monitoring equipment and maintain Dosimetry records for all users.
  • Maintains licenses and registrations with appropriate Federal and State agencies.
  • Trains and tests prospective users of radiological materials and/or radiation generating devices.
  • Reviews qualifications and grants authorization to all personnel requesting to use radiation materials or radiation generation devices

Minimum Education/Experience


Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited four-year college or university.



Two years of experience related to the above described duties.



Must be eligible for certifications within 60 days of employment which requires the completion of a 40-hour Hazwoper training course, 24-hours of DOT Shipper’s training and International Air Transport Association for the shipment of dangerous goods involving radioactive materials.

Substitution Statement:

Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Salary/Wage Information

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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Location: Mississippi

Job date: Thu, 22 Sep 2022 07:20:08 GMT

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